A man and woman are in bed together. She’s talking and he’s saying things are complicated. She gets out of bed and goes into the bathroom to get dressed. Something drips from the ceiling. She looks up just as it gives way and water pours through.
Antonio and Nagel are the scene. They talk to the local PD and get access to the room upstairs. There’s a body submerged in a tub with slit wrists. Obvious suicide. Except there’s no knife. The victim is Chicago PD.
The ME explains the injuries to Antonio and Nagel. He died, day before around noon. He also had pancreatic cancer. Maybe six weeks to live. He had chemo and alcohol in his system when he died.
They go talk to the wife. She says he wanted to die alone and moved out when he was diagnosed, eight months earlier. He was sending money for their Ivy League-bound son though. His house is a mess of medical bills. Oh, and money to cover his expenses that he obviously wasn’t doing.
Next stop is the former partner. He didn’t exactly keep in touch and knows nothing about the cash. They meet up with Anna. Antonio rules out the wife because she physically couldn’t do it. Nagel’s phone rings. Turns out the dead guy talked to his partner the day he died.
The former partner is in for questioning and says they talked about meat. The victim had a standing order with a local butcher and the partner was picking up the cartons for him. The butcher is a guy named John Beckett. Antonio is familiar.
Antonio brings the information to Peter and Anna. Peter knows the story but Anna does not. Antonio arrested the guy years ago in relation to a man’s death but he was acquitted. Peter tells him to go talk to Beckett.
Nagel and Antonio head to the farm to talk to Beckett. He’s snarky and tells them that he doesn’t know the cop. They don’t buy it and head to a local bar to ask about the victim and Beckett. The bartender says that there were there together.
They bring him in and he says that he was friends with the victim and that he called and was in a bad way. They met up, had a few drinks and talked. Beckett says that he thought he calmed him down and they went their separate ways. He wasn’t honest to start because he figured they’d come after him.
Peter comes in and tells him things don’t add up and he wants to know what’s what. Beckett lawyers up. Peter heads to another farm to talk to the widow in the case Beckett was acquitted of. There is no connect between the two victims.
Anna and Peter get food and talk about the first Beckett case. He talks about his father and lessons he learned from him. Nagel interrupts. They found a murder weapon, a knife, with a four point print match to Beckett. Time to arrest him. Antonio with great pleasure does just that.
Mark and Peter are walking through the office, feeling good. Anna bursts their bubble. The defense is filing for the dismissal of the knife. The local cop that found the knife is on the stand. He lied about the chain of evidence and filled out false paperwork. Peter has no recourse. Motion granted.
Beckett is having a drink before dinner at a fancy restaurant. Peter walks in and they talk about how cases weigh on Peter. The next day Mark tells Peter that maybe he lost the first time because Beckett told a better story. He needs to find more. Anna is on it. She is looking into the hotel that the victim was found in. He booked online but never got a confirmation email.
Turns out it was sent to an email that was an ode to The Jungle. Peter says that Beckett must not have finished the book. The main character ends up in prison. A messenger brings in a package for Peter. It’s steak from Beckett. Lightbulb. The victim was getting paid off for helping with the other case. Beckett was done and killed him for getting greedy. They have a narrative.
Peter subpoenas Beckett’s financials, and gives the steaks to his neighbor’s dog. Nagel and Antonio go through them and there haven’t been any big changes except when he sold his yacht five years early, Antonio speculates that he needed the money to pay his lawyer.
Anna and Peter go to talk to the woman that bought the boat. She plays dumb but Peter keeps staring at her until he figures it out. She was a jury member on the first case. The boat was a payoff. She’s going to jail but just they don’t know for how long. They bring the information to Mark who likes what they’ve got. Then Peter gets tricky.
He is going to try him for arson and murder. The same charges from the first time because with the payoff it isn’t double jeopardy. At court, the judge agrees. The trial will proceed. A firefighter is on the stand. He talks about the fire at the farm and how odd it was that no one called for half an hour.
Antonio is up next. He talks about the arrest and Beckett’s debt. Then comes the widow. She describes the night her husband died. They had a fight and he went to sleep elsewhere. In the morning, the police were there to tell her that her husband was dead.
Beckett takes the stand. He talks about how tough it is to run a business and how much money he owed the government for silly things. Peter cross-examines and brings up the other jury and the payoff and Beckett mentions wrangling pigs.
Peter and Anna have Beckett in to talk about a deal. They present the offer but he says no. Then they mention the cop in the bathtub. They have a narrative. Cop blackmailing Beckett got wrangled like a pig. Beckett takes 35 years.
Anna and Peter are at Molly’s. Antonio joins them with a gift for Peter from the widow. It’s why he does what he does. They take a drink
I liked this episode because I find double jeopardy fascinating. There are so many loopholes and technicalities with it. Anna and Antonio are still the best and Peter is just too straight-laced. He is clever in court though. I’ll give him that.
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